Tai Chi and Five Elements

The word “Tai” (太)meaning “Supreme”, “Ji” (极or Chi) meaning “Boundary” and “Quan” (拳or Chuan) meaning “fist” or “movement”. Together, the term “Taijiquan” meaning a kind of movement to make a power without limit.       Taijiquan, or how some people say Tai Chi Chuan, coming from very old Chinese thinking about world and nature. First time people talk about this in “Yì Jīng” (易经)book, very old book from China, talking about how world change and keep balance. This book, more than 3,000 years old, saying everything always changing but follow rules, and balance is important. This “Yi Jing” book and ideas inside it, like “Taiji”, “Yin &Yang” (阴阳)and “Five Elements” (五行), very important for Chinese old thinking, like Confucianism and Taoism. Also, these ideas become big part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Long time ago, more than 2,000 years, “Huangdi Neijing” (黄帝内经)book talk first time about “Yin & Yang” and “Five Elements” for human body and health. This book say human body is like small world, need to keep balance of Yin & Yang energy for good health.

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